March 26, 2001
Twenty Flavours of Mush
Around ten this morning the rain that had pummeled the base area since yesterday
afternoon turned to snow - wet sticky goggle blotting, drip down your neck snow,
but snow nonetheless. From the extent of the water soaked slush patches on the
lower runs, this happened none too soon. While the trees were green a long way
up, they were sporting a bit of white at the top of Bear and there was some
new slush down almost to the bottom.
Because visibility was so poor, I put off going over to White Out Pass until my last run and that turned out to be a mistake. The visibility, while still the pits, was actually better there, at least during my one run, and the snow was much lighter. Indeed some of my turns on the 123s were probably in the nicest powder I've had in a while, or at least it felt that way, for my eyes sure weren't providing me any information about it. In any case it soon got heavier and was pretty much slush by the time I got to the top of the gully, but that poor man's powder (slush) was still much better than ice.
It looked like it might clear off around one or so, but just before three a
mixture of rain and snow (mainly rain) is again falling heavily at the house.
There is no accumulation down here, but hopefully it will be building up at
higher elevations. It is currently 2 C on the porch.